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October is Let's Talk Month!

Monday, September 30, 2013

Each October, groups across the nation, including the South Carolina Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy (SC Campaign), promote effective communication between young people and the adults they trust, especially their parents.  Let's Talk Month emphasizes the importance of a strong partnership between the community and families in helping young people develop responsible, positive, sexual health attitudes and behaviors.
 
Studies reveal that most young people prefer learning about sex from their parents, but many parents are uncomfortable with this topic and need support and encouragement to have these open, honest discussions. 
 
“Young people now have the potential to access information about sex instantaneously through the internet and social media,” said Doug Taylor, Chief Program Officer of the SC Campaign. “Many adolescents now have smart phones, iPads or other types of tablets, and access to home computers – all of which can be a Pandora’s Box when it comes to sexual health information.  As the parent of two pre-teen daughters, I understand the challenges of monitoring online behavior and keeping them safe from inappropriate content and images. This is precisely why parents and other trusted adults should continue to seek more information about this topic and talk often with their children or other young people, providing age-appropriate information.”  
 
As part of the Let’s Talk Month initiative in South Carolina, the SC Campaign and the Mary Black Foundation will be hosting a free webinar for parents on Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013 from 6:30 -7:30 p.m. Dr. Melisa Holmes of Girlology/Guyology will present on “Changing the Culture of Sexuality,” and will introduce the critical need for parental involvement in sexuality education. To register, please visit our event page.
 
Visit the SC Campaign’s Parent Portal at www.teenpregnancysc.org/parents for words of wisdom from fellow parents, tips from experts and resources on parent/child communication.
 
About Let’s Talk Month:
Let's Talk Month is a national public education campaign celebrated in October and coordinated by Advocates for Youth. Let's Talk Month is an opportunity for community agencies, religious institutions, businesses, schools, media, parent groups and health providers to plan programs and activities which encourage parent/child communication about sexuality. For information, visit www.advocatesforyouth.org/lets-talk-month.